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June 2011
You are receiving this newsletter because you are a member of AME, because you are a midwifery educator or (ideally) both!



I am so pleased to be writing to you on behalf of the board of directors of AME. First, I want to send my sincere thanks to the contributors of this newsletter. I continually find myself in awe of the talent in our community!

As you can see, AME continues to grow and mature to meet the needs of midwifery educators. This young organization has the potential to be one of the definitive resources for midwifery educators and that is exactly what we intend to create. We've built the foundation and are holding the space for all of you to join us in this grand adventure. Whether you are a classroom teacher, a clinical preceptor, school administrator, researcher or student you have something to gain from and something to offer to AME.

If you haven't had an opportunity to visit the website yet, please do! For a short time, we have made access available to all. (To access the member's only resource section: username- amemember, password- papayaAME4). Carve out a little time, pour yourself a comforting beverage and roam around the resource pages. You'll find that some topics are abundant in resources and others are not quite there yet. AME is a collaborative project and we invite you to participate. Do you have something to share? A website or a particularly effective way to teach clinical skills? Consider being a contributor by writing an article.

Among us there is a wealth of expertise; sharing is the best way for us to strengthen midwifery education and form strong bonds between educators. Together we truly are greater than the sum of our parts.

I hope you find this newsletter valuable. AME will be sending newsletters about four times a year. If you are not already a member I hope you feel inspired to join AME and be a part of our growing community. Our membership fees are very reasonable-- a small investment in the future of midwifery education. Click here to join now or read more about membership on our web site.

Best to you!

~Mary Yglesia, President, AME Board of Directors

The High-Tech, Networked Midwifery Student

by Wendy Gordon, CPM, LM


Technology has become a large part of our everyday life. Today's students are texting on cell phones, tweeting what they had for breakfast, uploading photos of their pets to Facebook, making videos for YouTube and perhaps most distressing for us, clicking away on their laptops during class! Never before has a generation been so networked and in touch with each other, nor has there ever been such ready access to information and opinions on every topic you can think of. Websites and blogs abound, and Google is an everyday word.


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How the Higher Education Opportunity Act Affects Midwifery Schools  

by Julia Reid


The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), which amends and extends the Higher Education Act of 1965, was signed into law on August 14, 2008. This immense piece of legislation tackles a number of issues across the board, from campus emergency evacuation and response procedures to private student loan improvement. While beginning to understand what the HEOA means to your institution may be an intimidating process, there are a number of great resources available to make compliance manageable.


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Featuring Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, Owner, Faculty and Clinical Preceptor

Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery

By Justine Clegg  


Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery (CCSM) was established in January 2009 by Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM, to provide education and training in the art of out-of-hospital birth to individuals seeking to become Florida Licensed Midwives. Jennie's goal is to educate and prepare students to become skilled, caring midwives to serve women and families in their communities.


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Issue: 2
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The High-Tech, Networked Midwifery Student
How the Higher Education Opportunity Act Affects Midwifery Schools
Commonsense Childbirth School of Midwifery


AME is always looking for talented individuals to join us. If you are interested
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Mary Yglesia at myglesia@bastyr.edu.

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